CFE exercise takes place at Spangdahlem
By Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 01, 2014
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --
A group of inspectors from both the Czech Republic and France visited Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 29, 2014, as part of a Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty compliance inspection exercise.
The treaty ensures military installations remain in compliance with numerical limits on offensive conventional armaments. Members of the foreign inspection teams examine designated installations on very short notice in the interest of openness and transparency to ensure treaty standards.
"It was very beneficial to me," said the Army of the Czech Republic Maj. Marek Fischer, Treaty Verification Agency inspection team leader. "The CFE is about building cooperation and friendship between nations. It is very important for every nation in the whole world to have a treaty like this. I want to thank everyone who participated in this event, because the preparation and service from your team was great."
The treaty also ensures against large concentrations of armed forces personnel in addition to weapon stockpiles. These inspections occur with the intention of verifying a military balance of forces among treaty signatory nations for equipment like tanks, armored combat vehicles, heavy artillery, combat aircraft and attack helicopters.
"The CFE treaty, which we implemented during this exercise, builds confidence and trust between signatories," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Wesley Hales, Defense Threat Reduction Agency escort team chief from Kleber Kaserne, Kaiserslautern. "Today's practice inspection between NATO partners helped us as a nation, Spangdahlem in particular, prepare for the next real-world inspection team from the former Soviet Union. The 52nd Fighter Wing did well today. They should be proud."